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Seeking "expert" for diy room repair We need an expert's help but don't know who to contact. Crappy room addition is getting overhaul right down to studs and slab. Demolition has begun and there looks to be a few problems with this room (window frame sitting right on conduit, wall & slab not totally sealed, inferior wall insulation, no insulation between floor framing and not much room to add, etc. ) Doing the work ourselves and don't want a remodeling company to give us a quote to do the work, but rather, need a consultation from an "expert." This expert needs to be able to come in and tell us what things are okay, what should be changed and what's the best way to change/fix. Then we will take it from there. Who is this "expert" we seek? I assume builders are not for hire for petty one or two hour consults - who is? (Please don't suggest handyman - the handyman that did this did a crap job in the first place. - no offense to any handymen, please.)

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Where are you?
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hate to tell you this, but the expert you seek

a general contractor, and no, they generally don't do consultations with people who aren't willing to pay the piper for getting things done by a pro, anymore than a mechanic will consult with you to tell you all the stuff you need to do to buy the parts and tools to fix your car at home to save on labor costs.

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look under consultant, or skiiled trades

A work up will cost around one day's wages at median income. from a professional remodeler. Like I said Where you are is as important as what you want will cost...Manhatten, hawaii, or new orleans. It's a supply/demand thing

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Having a baby?

Relax, breath (preferably out of the dust).

This is supposed to be fun right?

Seal off the construction area from the living area this is critical.

Clean up the mess completely and after every work session this is critical as well.

Before your ready to cover you need to examine all your variables, wiring, plumbing, windows, insulation, etc. so don't run out and buy sheet rock yet. You have plenty of time to figure these things out just take your time and by the time your done you'll have it all down.

You can hire me to consult for you but if I tell you how to do it your not going to learn anything.

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Ask at a small local lumberyard

You basically want an experienced handyman or oldtimer who knows the game. Home inspectors might know as well, but be careful who you pick.

BTW, nothing you said about your findings is particularly shocking or out-of line-- additional was done in the 60s or early 70s I bet.

You certainly can do better than what you had before.

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you can take photos to your building department

if you have the patience to possibly wait for hours (appointments where you are?). as the owner, you can legally do the work yourselves, and also get advice yourself straight from your local building department. they are usually happy that you're getting permits and fixing problems, and they want to help you do it right.

get all the permits you need, as much advice as you can over the counter, and then don't be afraid to fail a couple building inspections; they don't bite, they just make you fix anything you did wrong, and then come back and re-inspect. and you want all the problems fixed anyway, right?

during inspections, if you say something like "help me out here, I want to make sure I did this right," then the inspector feels like the expert, and usually gets downright friendly and helpful, often passing things that are wrong just on your word that you'll fix them.

another phrase I've found helpful is "I think this might wrong, and I'm totally willing to tear it out and fix it; just tell me how you want it." I've never been failed after saying that. inspectors seem to like it when you defer to their authority.

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